Q. Which of the following is a property of sodium hydroxide?
a. It is insoluble in ether and other Non-polar solvents
b. It is slowly soluble in water
c. It has an odor of rotten egg smell
d. All the above
Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye and caustic soda, is an inorganic compound with the formula NaOH. It is a white solid ionic compound consisting of sodium cations Na+ and hydroxide anions OHâˆ’.
1. It is highly soluble in water, and readily absorbs moisture and carbon dioxide from the air.
2. NaOH is insoluble in ether and other non-polar solvents.
3. It is an odorless compound.
Sodium hydroxide is used in many industries: in the manufacture of pulp and paper, textiles, drinking water, soaps and detergents, and as a drain cleaner.